Modern Family Creator Steve Levitan ‘Mistakenly’ Served with Divorce Papers

"Modern Family" creator Steve Levitan – who bases much of the show on his personal life – is getting divorced.

By Avital Borisovsky
January 13, 2016
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After 23 years of marriage, Steve Levitan has been served with divorce papers by his wife Krista. While Steve’s rep stated the legal documents were filed “in error” and were “being withdrawn,” Krista recently provided the court proof that she has officially filed for divorce.

In her papers, Krista cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce. TMZ reported the couple has been separated since New Year’s Eve.

The couple was married in 1992 and has three children – two daughters and a son. While child custody will not be a concern, as all three children are now adults, Krista will be seeking spousal support. According to TMZ, no prenup was signed, which means the two will have to divide an estimated $50 million in assets.

The Emmy Award winner has publicly opened up about basing various scenes in Modern Family on his personal life, including his wife and kids. Remember the scene where Phil’s wife, Claire, decides to smash his television remote control and leave it by their front door for him to find? Steve told audience members at Paley Fest in 2010 that this was exactly what Krista had once done to him. The gay couple on the show, Cam and Mitch, was also inspired by a real-life couple Steve knew who had been in a relationship longer than many traditional couples. 

Steve also created the show Just Shoot Me! and wrote FrasierWings, and The Larry Sanders Show.

 

Image: Steve Levitan with the cast and crew of Modern Family at the 69th Annual Peabody Awards by the Peabody Awards (via Wikimedia Commons).

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January 13, 2016

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